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  1. Chomp is a lunch club for children and their families in school holidays to support those in receipt of free school meals. In January 2015 East Brighton Trust supported Chomp with a small grant to help the club run twice per week during school holidays, providing a hot meal and fun activities to attendees. Not only does Chomp offer crafts and games for the children, but parents are encouraged to come along too to eat together with their children and other families and speak with other parents to gain mutual support.

    Here’s a picture that the Chomp crew recently sent to us to say thanks!

     

    chomp april 2016

  2. We're proud to announce that East Brighton Trust has now awarded over £400,000 in grants to community groups in East Brighton, helping to transform people’s lives and communities in the area.

    raspberry picking at moulsecoomb school the bevy 18

    And after almost a decade of work in the area, the East Brighton Trust has this year decided to expand its scope to Craven Vale and Bristol Estate, which we hope will help us to reach even more of Brighton’s most disadvantaged and underrepresented people through our range of grants schemes. 

    East Brighton Trust’s work shows no sign of slowing down, with three substantial grants recently awarded from the “Random Acts of Kindness Fund” to help improve the wellbeing of people and communities in East Brighton. The fund was set up following the sudden death of former East Brighton Trust chair and well-loved East Brighton resident Colin Sayers in 2013, and provides funds to give an extra helping hand to community groups in sudden need. The three grants recently awarded were:

    1)      Look Sussex were given a grant to ensure a weekly youth club for visually impaired youngsters could carry on uninterrupted despite losing funding from elsewhere. The youth club hosts 20-30 visually impaired youngsters and provides activities such as storytelling, quizzes and obstacle courses for attendees to take part in. Local Youth Worker Adam Muirhead of community development charity TDC stated “Both the TDC and Look Sussex are extremely grateful for the support shown by the East Brighton Trust – in this instance it meant a project-sustaining lifeline and much needed continuity for young people who are getting so much out of the weekly sessions.” And Tara, whose children attend Look Sussex reinforced how vital the facility is: “The club really has changed the lives of many of our visually impaired children”.

    2)      A new Scouts group in Moulsecoomb were awarded some funds, helping to pay for rent and equipment as well as subsidising uniforms and membership fees for participants. Under the nationwide “Better Prepared” campaign, the Scouts Association are aiming to bring the benefits of Scouting to 200 of the most deprived areas of the UK by 2018 and East Brighton Trust were happy to step in and offer their support to the new group being set up at St George’s Hall in Moulsecoomb.

    3)      A Band of Brothers, a mentoring charity helping transform the lives of young men with troubled backgrounds by offering them support and personal development opportunities. A grant was awarded to provide the necessary funds to send six young men from Brighton’s Whitehawk estate to Scotland to carry out conservation work in the ancient Caledonian Forest. Project mentor Thom Walker said: “We’re so grateful to East Brighton Trust for contributing towards our trip with a grant. It means an enormous amount to us to have their support to make it happen. This trip to Scotland will create an experience that will be of great benefit to the development of the young men, as well as making a positive impact on the environment.”

    To find out more about the work of East Brighton Trust and read more about any of the grants mentioned, please do stay and have a look around our blog and our website. 

  3. We wrote last autumn of the success of East Brighton organisations in the annual Brighton & Hove City in Bloom competition.

    Barbara Aston of the Kemp Town Gardening Group sent us some pictures of their beautiful hanging baskets and wanted to let us know how the funding had been spent:

    “Please find attached a couple of pictures of last year's hanging and polo baskets. We used the grant you so kindly gave us towards their overall cost. We had ten hanging baskets and six polo baskets altogether adorning our three streets - Bristol Street, Bennett Road and Princes Terrace. We had lots of very positive comments about them from residents and visitors alike as they really were stunning when in full bloom and cascaded down almost to the ground. They were a delightful addition to our neighbourhood and helped us to achieve yet again third prize in the Best Street category of Brighton & Hove City in Bloom.” 

    kemp town gardening group polo basket 2015

    kemp town gardening group hanging basket 2015

  4. We are delighted to have awarded 19 small grants to community groups in East Brighton in our January 2016 Funding round. This now means that we have given out over £400,000 to groups in East Brighton, helping these great causes to make a difference to people’s lives.

    We’ll keep you posted when we get feedback from these groups and in the meantime, here is the list of January 2016 awards in full.  

    Albion in the Community (AITC)

    parkrun UK

    Aqua Seniors

    Environment Group (Due East)

    15th Brighton Scout Group

    Salaam FC

    Resource Centre

    The Bevy Darts teams

    Broadfields tenants association

    East Brighton Music Club

    BD4U Eastern Promise

    The Warm Welcome Club

    Kemp Town Gardening & Community Group (KTGCG)

    TUESDAY LUNCH CLUB

    Nurture Through Nature

    MY Club (Moulsecoomb Youth)

    TUESDAY LUNCH CLUB

    Racehill Community Orchard c/o Brighton Permaculture Trust

    Kidz Klub Moulsecoomb

  5. In June 2015 we provided St Cuthmann’s Church with £500 to help fund their weekly after-school Youth Cafe which takes place between 3-4:30pm.

    The café launched in November 2014 and provides a safe, positive environment in which local youth can hang out and participate in fun activities, developing new skills, forming meaningful relationships and accessing positive options and support. Refreshments and healthy snacks are provided, activities, games and magazines are available for use.

    Sara Marsden-King of their fundraising team sent us a photo of their Youth Worker and a volunteer, helping at the Café and sent us an email to say:

    "Thank you again for your generous support of the Youth Café run at St Cuthman’s Whitehawk.

    Over the past 6 months we have used your donation of £500 to serve refreshments and snacks to the youth at our weekly Café.  We see about 80 kids come through each week to enjoy the refreshments.  Although less than this stick around until the end of the Café, those that do enjoy a range of games and activities and an opportunity to find out about other community events."

    st cuthmanns

     

  6. resource centre 2

    The Resource Centre in Brighton rents equipment and services to local community groups and offers advice and information to help them run these groups.

    Recognising that small groups, run by local volunteers, are uniquely placed to organise activities that meet the specific needs and interests of people in East Brighton, they are aware too that at certain points, the groups need information and expertise the activists cannot supply themselves. The Resource Centre therefore helps groups to fill these gaps by providing practical support and advice to make it easier for them to achieve their own aims.

    Since they received a small grant from us in January 2015, they have provided intensive support to 23 groups based in East Brighton.

    Rose Rickford, of the Resource Centre team, lists some of the East Brighton organisations who have benefitted from the service, “Since receiving your grant, we have worked with: Aqua Seniors Whitehawk, Bevendean Bulletin, Bevendean Community Café and Food Bank, Bevendean Gardeners, Bevendean Local Action Team, Bevy Cooperative Pub, Bristol Estate Allotment Group, Bristol Estate Baby and Toddler Group, Bristol Estate Community Arts Project, Due East Neighbourhood Council, East Brighton Bygones Local History Society, Eastern Road Area Partnership, Friends of City Academy Whitehawk, Friends of Sheepcote Valley, The Goodtimers, Moulsecoomb Hall Association, Moulsecoomb Local Action Team, Moulsecoomb Treasures, Saint Georges Hall, Tuesday Lunch Club, North Whitehawk Tenants and Residents Association Laundry Group, North Whitehawk Tenants and Residents Fundraising, and Metamorphosis and Splatt Art Group.”

    She elaborates and says “We support grassroots community groups because we believe that stronger communities make a real difference to the people who live in them: people in these communities are healthier, experience less crime, have a more welcoming physical environment, have more opportunities to express themselves and are more economically active. In short they have the chance to live fuller lives. We also believe communities are best built by the activity of the members of the community. They know best what is required and what will work. They bring a passion and commitment that cannot be matched by top down services provided by the statutory or private sectors. We’d like to say a big thank you to East Brighton Trust for supporting our work with East Brighton community groups this year. We have a long standing relationship with some of these groups, and it has also been wonderful to get to know new groups during the year. Groups based in East Brighton are eligible for membership of the Centre, and many of these groups are our members. The total cost of our work with these groups since February 2015 has been £1702. Your grant of £500 has been extremely valuable. We have funded the rest of this work through income from our equipment services.”

    Rose also sent us some photos of members of Aqua Seniors, East Brighton Bygones and Moulsecoomb Treasures at their AGM which took place in October 2015.

    For further information on the excellent work of the centre, look them up on facebook or follow them on twitter

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  7. bite poets vs mcs 5

    Once again at the beginning of this year we were happy to support BITE Poets vs MCs Youth Team with a £500 grant through our Colin Sayers scheme. The funds went towards paying for MC mentor Terrianne Goodwin (Tez) to provide workshops based at Brighton Youth Centre in preparation for the Brighton and Hove Youth Poets v MCs Slam in May, as part of the Brighton Fringe festival.

    Tez, a young rapper from Moulsecoomb, was able to take an integral part in the project as peer mentor and assistant event organiser, helping grow her confidence, and as she put it, to change her life.

    Project Manager Michael James Parker told us “This is the third year of our project and we’ve shown this amazing thing that we do to more young people in the city than ever before, leading assemblies, workshops and performances in three-quarters of Brighton and Hove’s large secondary schools and colleges. And in each one we’ve been there with poet and MC coaches and the emerging young poets and MCs that took part in last year’s project. The activities in schools lead to open workshops at Brighton Youth Centre where the professional rappers and performance poets coach the young performers in skills that they will take to the stage this Saturday and beyond.”

    East Brighton Trust went to see the poets and rappers perform at the annual B.Fest at The Level in May and were so impressed with their performance and with the ever increasing reach of the project that when the June grants rolled around, we decided to award them one of our partnership grants, committing to give them £2,000 each year for the next 3 years to enable them to carry on their vital work. The next stage of their project will reach even more young people as they expand to run workshops at BACA, the 67 Centre and the Crew Club.

    bite poets vs mcs 1  bite poets vs mcs 6

    The pictures we took don't really do justice to the incredible performances back in May so here is a video of highlights showing what these young people can do.

    You can also catch the whole performance over on YouTube. Our favourite bit starts at around 54 minutes in when an amazing spot of freestyling from the rappers is followed by an impromptu performance by Lilah who takes over the mic and very succinctly rips the poets apart.

    bite poets vs mcs 13

    Follow BITE Poets vs MCs on facebook to find out more about this fantastic project. 

  8. As we head towards the end of another year, The Green Centre on Manor Hill prepares to close its doors and hibernate for the winter. For those who have yet to discover it, The Green Centre is a bustling environmental project in Whitehawk. Described by local paper The Argus, as a busy and popular eco community centre and recently showcased in the Brighton & Hove independent, their mission is to provide information, advice and activities which help people understand the impact of our actions on the planet and help people to make informed decisions on how to reduce their carbon footprints.

    green centre brighton recycling exterior

    The Green Centre got in touch to give us some information about the work they have achieved so far. They reach a vast number of people across the city of Brighton & Hove and beyond and estimate that around 50% of their visitors are from the local vicinity – Whitehawk and Manor Hill. This year so far they have had 2,484 visits with a whopping 384 of these in July, bolstered by their hugely successful open day at the end of the month which 107 people attended.

    The Green Centre is entirely run by volunteers and this year they had 45 people give their free time to help with the work of the centre. Providing a positive and safe work environment is an important part of supporting their volunteers, many of whom are learning disabled or socially isolated. For some it is their first step back towards regular work after unemployment or illness and it can help them build confidence, get used to working with other people, learn new skills and help them into the workplace. In fact, the Green Centre hosted a back to work scheme last year that saw 25 people learning skills to get them back into the workplace, and some of these volunteers, even after the end of their placement, continued to volunteer at The Green Centre on their days off, so excited were they about the work that the centre does.

    volunteer of the month sharna   yarnbombing at the green centre yarnbomb team

    Open twice a week on a Tuesday and Thursday plus once a month for a special volunteer day on a Saturday, The Green Centre also provides a home for a number of other local groups, all in their own way helping improve the lives of people in East Brighton. This includes the Hedgerow dyeing group, who grow dye plants such as madder, woad and weld in The Green Centre garden, the local spinning group who meet there each Friday and the Be Crafty community arts group who use the centre as a place to craft for good, for example by crocheting “yarnbombs” to raise awareness of global warming and sewing reusable sanitary products to send to communities in need in Africa. The Green Centre even recently provided parking and renewable energy to members of the John Lewis crew who were filming their well-known Christmas advert “Man in the moon” in Whitehawk. Next time you see the advert, look out for Manor Road!

    green centre brighton recycling knitting 2   yarnbombing at the green centre christine

    The Green Centre is constantly changing to fit the needs of the community. Initially a place for people to come and learn about recycling and reuse, The Green Centre added a 2nd hand market after local people asked for a way of passing on their 2nd hand goods to be reused locally. The market has proven a roaring success, with the 10p toy box and the frequent deals on clothes, books and DVDs incredibly popular with local residents, encouraging them to buy 2nd hand instead of new. The income from the market now covers 79% of the core costs of running the centre (rent, rates, utilities, insurance, etc). And in fact this income plus the revenues from recycling more than covers all of the core costs, making The Green Centre a shining example of a community project creating their own income streams rather than being entirely reliant on grants.

    So talking about recycling, the Green Centre offers facilities for collecting items that the council are unable to, covering things as diverse as tin foil, coffee pods, asthma inhalers, metals and mobile phones. Their popular Green A-Z provides information on what can be brought in for recycling and they even run a scheme to pick up items for recycling from the Brighton & Hove Council offices every week. The Green centre are the only location in Brighton collecting Tassimo coffee pods for recycling and were named this summer one of the 50 best recycling sites in the UK. And have you ever wondered what the rag ‘n’ bone round is doing trekking around Manor Farm and Sussex Square once a month? It’s picking up items from local residents to take to The Green Centre, making it easy for people in East Brighton to get involved in recycling, even if they can’t make it to the centre themselves.

    green centre east brighton rag n bone buddy

    The Green Centre is particularly well-known for their bottle top recycling efforts, attracting plenty of media attention this summer as they attempted to recycle half a million in one go. The Argus covered the story and Latest TV turned up to capture the recycling marathon on film. Local MP Caroline Lucas also got in touch to wish them luck, saying “I’m really pleased to support this fantastic initiative. The Green Centre has already recycled an astonishing 7,000,000 bottle tops and this attempt could see them get through another half a million.”

    green centre east brighton bottle tops 1 bottle top marathon

    The Green Centre are closely connected to other organisations in and around Brighton including the council, Freegle, The Real Junk Food Project, The Waste House, BPEC and the Brighton arm of the nationwide 10:10 project to encourage people to reduce, reuse and recycle wherever they can. The Green Centre has been supported in its work by a number of organisations including The Body Shop Foundation and by ourselves helping fulfil our objectives which include providing facilities for local projects and contributing to the local economy in Brighton and Hove’s most deprived wards.

    Here are some of their recycling efforts in numbers. So far The Green Centre have recycled:

    • 1,550 tonnes of scrap metal
    • 8 tonnes of plastic milk bottle tops
    • 26 tonnes of textiles
    • 6,790 Tassimo pods
    • 11,333 pens
    • 28,283 items have been reused through the 2nd hand market & FREEGLE
    • 6,597 items of school equipment have been reused through Pens for Kids and Omushana
    • 11,518 items of tools & sewing equipment have been reused through WorkAid

    Plus…

    3,700 Biscuit wrappers, 12,500 books, 5,200 batteries, 203 sacks of cardboard, 652 carrier bags and 2,800 electrical items have all been diverted from landfill thanks to the efforts of volunteers and donors.

    Always keen to aid other good causes, The Green Centre supports 15 other charities mostly in the form of donations such as school equipment, tools, glasses and stamps. The small income they receive from their bottle top recycling is donated to Lupus Brighton & Hove and Lupus UK. And through their strong connections with organisations abroad they are able to make a positive difference to people all over the world. Their activities include a campaign to raise awareness of the environmental damage caused by the La Colosa Gold Mine in Columbia, sending sanitary towels to women in Kenya who wouldn’t otherwise have access to them and providing computer equipment, text books and stationery to two schools in Uganda.

    Another major part of the project is the wildlife garden, a steadily evolving garden which now hosts a diversity of wildlife and has caught the attention of the Brighton & Hove City in Bloom judges for the past two years, winning the bronze prize for best wildlife garden last year and 2nd place silver this year. The purpose of the garden is both for enjoyment and education, aiming to show people accessible ways of gardening sustainably and includes the following environmental features:

    • Fruit growing; apples, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries
    • Vegetable growing; potatoes, spinach, salad leaves, tomatoes, courgettes, beans, radish, carrots, squash
    • Herb garden; including mint, fennel, parsley, thyme,
    • 3 Composting bins for uncooked food,
    • Green Johanna and Wormery for cooked food
    • Wildlife area
    • Wildlife pond
    • Dye Garden
    • Bee Garden
    • Rainwater Harvesting

     

    green centre brighton recycling apples  green centre brighton recycling pond

    So as you can see, there is plenty going on at The Green Centre! If you want to find out more about the project or get involved, have a look at this film made a few years ago in which director Melanie Rees talks about the project:

    You can also join their 650 followers on facebook or their 1,150 twitter followers to keep up to date with their news or simply pop into The Green Centre when they reopen next February.

     

  9. thank you ebt from look sussex (2)

    In August, we were approached by the youth development worker Adam Muirhead of the Trust for Developing Communities on behalf of Look Sussex, a local charity supporting families with Visually Impaired Children.

    Due to an interruption in their funding from another source, Look Sussex were in need of some urgent funds to cover the rent for their weekly youth club.  

    The youth club usually hosts 20-30 visually impaired youngsters and provides activities such as storytelling, preparing recipes, quizzes and obstacles courses for attendees to take part in.

    The directors of East Brighton Trust were happy to step in and assist; donating £1000 from the Colin Sayers random acts of kindness fund to help out. The fund was set up following the sudden death of former East Brighton Trust chair Colin Sayers in 2013 and provides funds to give an extra helping hand to community groups in need.

    This donation meant the youth club could carry on uninterrupted, offering support to the children who attend it and their parents.

    Adam got in touch to say thanks, telling us “Both the TDC and Look Sussex are extremely grateful for the support shown by the East Brighton Trust – in this instance it meant a project-sustaining lifeline and much needed continuity for young people who are getting so much out of the weekly sessions.” And Tara, a parent and secretary at Look Sussex reinforced how vital the facility is “The club really has changed the lives of many of our visually impaired children”.

    We were very glad we could help, and delighted when the group sent us their very own thank you note! A beautiful and very personal hand-coloured in sign!

    look sussex east brighton trust thanks

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    New Life Community Church is an Evangelical Christian Church based in Moulsecoomb. In June 2015 East Brighton Trust awarded them a grant towards a range of social events for families in Moulsecoomb to participate in to encourage social cohesion and community spirit. This included a community BBQ & Bouncy Castle, a family trip to Knockhatch Adventure Park, 3 community lunches at the adjoining St George's Hall, an 'It's a Knockout' day at Wild Park and a family bowling trip. Phew!

    They sent us some picture of their events including their bowling trip and the social they put on the afternoon of Sunday 30th August. Representing the church, Georgina Rebera said “We had 'Messy Church' in the morning and were able to provide a BBQ and Bouncy castle in the afternoon thanks to EBT funding. The event was well attended by Moulsecoomb residents (mainly from North Moulsecoomb) and had a wonderful community spirit. It was brilliant to be able to put this on and for people to stay and socialise for the afternoon.”

    bbq 1

    bowling trip 1

    end of year social